La Rochelle is one of France’s loveliest coastal towns. Its historic port is beautifully preserved with a quayside full of boats large and small, and a seafront packed with lively cafes and restaurants. The old port area of Le Vieux Port is dominated by three 14th and 15th century towers that stand tall at the entrance to the port; they are among the town’s main tourist attractions. The vista from the top of the Tour de la Lanterne in particular is simply wonderful.
There is plenty to see and do in La Rochelle; its interesting mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, daily market taking over the streets around Place du Marché and three islands just off the coast of La Rochelle are particular highlights here. Nicknamed the French Hamptons, the island of Ile de Ré is famous for its pretty villages of white-washed houses and gardens of hollyhocks, beaches of fine sand and expanses of wild rosemary.
La Rochelle is a lovely location for a school French trip, slightly off the beaten track, full of authentic French experiences and plenty of opportunities to practise your French.
4 days, by Coach, from £260 per person
Depart school in the evening
Arrive at accommodation in the morning
Visit La Rochelle's historic towers in Le Vieux Port
Explore La Rochelle's picturesque Old Port and pick up souvenirs in Rue de Palais
Visit La Rochelle Aquarium, one of the best aquariums in Europe, with 12,000 marine animals including sharks contained in 75 different aquaria
Practise your French in the La Pallice street market
Explore the historic fortified port town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Martin de Re
Workshop at a traditonal French chocolaterie
Guided tour of L'Abeille de Ré, a beekeeping farm
Depart La Rochelle in the evening for a return journey home
Arrive back to school early in the morning
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La Rochelle French Culture and Language
We use a wide selection of accommodation throughout La Rochelle, mostly to the 2* standard - all especially suited to the requirements of our schools. All accommodation we use is audited, and our auditing regime is verified by independent experts.